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Getting Lost in Hong Kong 




People often travel to escape reality but for me its different i want more than that. I love to explore the authenticity and wonders of another country. The next country on my vacation checklist is Hong Kong, the name is derived from two Chinese characters which means "fragrant harbour", I bet they got that name because of the aromatic smell of their noodles and dumplings along the port during those times. 

Our Hong Kong trip was planned months ahead by my college friends. Yet it turns out that they were not able to come along for the trip, too bad for them because we had so much fun and I'm still friends with them. Good thing my mum never backs out on any travel plans. And it was way more easier for me to plan out the budget, book the hostel and decide on the activities. Let's go!



Hong Kong 6 days Itinerary
Budget : HKD6,000 / S$1000 / $800 (two pax)
(++ depends on food and shopping) 

Check in: Shanghai Hostel, Chunking Mansion , 5 minutes away from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR, Exit N1.
Accommodation: 4 Nights 5 Days HKD2300 /S$350 /$300
Food: HKD1500 /S$250/$200
Transportation, Entrance Fees, Souvenir: HKD2400 /S$390 /$310 


1st Day
Morning Arrival 
  
Lunch at Fairfood nearby East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR 
Food prices ranges below HKD 250-125 / S$20

Lantau Island: Tsung Chun MTR

Sightseeing Victoria Harbor and Avenue of Stars
Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station Exit J and follow the signs.

Watch Symphony of Lights in Victoria Harbor.

Two options to purchase your disney ticket. 
1. Along Avenue of the Stars there's a stall where you can by the ticket. Buy them before 10 pm to get a free gift. 
2. Or buy in your hostel to get discounted ticket. I choose the second option. 

Night Market in Temple Street. Nearest MTR: Jordan or Yau Ma Tei. 


2nd Day 
Disneyland 

Take Disneyland Resort Line: Take Tung Chung MTR line transfer to Sunny Bay Station, then onwards to the Disneyland Resort Station.
Entrance Fee: HKD 450/ $75

2 persons: HKD 1,300/ $150/ S$190
In our hostel they sell it for HKD 420.

Food is not allowed inside. 
Pricey Lunch around HKD 450 / $75

Late Dinner near Mong Kok Station. In Argyle Bazaar Mall headed to the basement hall and had dinner in Cafe de Coral plus with free wifi. 
Dinner: HKD125 / S$20


3rd Day
Hongkong to Macau

China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui. Walk through Harbour City Mall, or take a taxi to 33 Canton Road.

Ferry Price range: HKD 132 to HKD 172 

We took Roundtrip Turbojet tickets Hong Kong to Macau: HKD 145, 
Macau to Hong Kong: HKD 185.

We bought Oceanpark tickets inside Macau ferry terminal. More cheaper, no taxes added. Ticket price: $260

Lunch at Olympus Hotel. Free. 

In Macau Sands Hotel just outside the hotel across the street we visited Macau's Fishermans Wharf. 

Macau Tower. 

Casino Sightseeing : Check outGrand Lisboa Hotel / Lisboa Hotel. 

In Senado Square / Ruins of St. Pauls Church / Monte Fortress. Check out famous eatery selling Portuguese Egg Tarts. Try out different delicacies, free taste provided in each store. 

Food trip: Milk Tea and Meat, Vegetable with Curry sauce. 

Late night departure to Hongkong, back before 12 midnight. 


4th Day
Ocean Park

Admiralty MTR, nearby Bus Interchange take Bus 629 to Ocean Park.

Food is not allowed unless you can hide it. 

Ocean Park - HKD 320 / S$50 /$40

( We bought ahead of time Ocean Park tickets inside the Macau ferry terminal. More cheaper, no taxes added. Ticket price: $260 )

Dinner at Delicious Kitchen nearby Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. 


5th Day
Mall Hopping

Brunch at Guangdong Barbeque Restaurant nearby East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. 

Jordan Station drop by Sports Outlet only to find out there's more at Mong Kok station. Everywhere there's branded Sports outlet there. 

Check out Langham Place for an air-conditioned shopping comfort. 

Snacks at Hui Lau Chan

Dinner at Hokkaido Rice Pizza in ISquare. Right across the street from Chunking Mansion.


6th Day
0645 to Airport 

Breakfast at Popeyes HKD40 

(Planned to go to Shek O Beach. Take Bus #9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR station and get off at the last stop. Travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes)

No more cash and Time Consuming so stayed in the airport. 

Mcdonalds Lunch: HKD 40 

Window shopping at Terminal 2. Watch Movie in Airport Cinema. 


Must try foods:
Dimsum, Dumpling, Noodles, Ice Deserts and Milk Tea. Either in Tim Ho Wana or Lan qui fong

Important Words: (Don't waste your time , No use at all)
Chai Nali - Where? 
Sa Pien – There?
Jieko ching - Discount please


Unvisited Places:
1. Lin Heung Tea House 
How to get there: Hong Kong Island, 160-164 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong; 852-2544-4556
(Nearest MTR: Central, 10 min walk from Sham Shui Po MTR , another 5-10 minutes walk to Wellington Street.

2. The Peak 
How to get there: Hongkong Island, high altitude and panoramic view of the area by Sky Pass/Observatory Deck. Madame Tussauds is located at The Peak.

3. Macau: City of Dreams Shows. 

4. Wooloomooloo Roftop Bar: 27th Floor, 31/F Rooftop The Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hongkong 
Nearest: MTR Wanchai & Jaffee Road Bars

5. Stanley Market: MTR Chai Wan station

6. Beaches: 
Shek O Beach. Take Bus #9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR station and get off at the last stop. Travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

Trio Beach. Take the 1A minibus from Choi Hung MTR or 101M minibus from Hang Hau MTR; get off at Pak Sha Wan, where a sampan makes the 10-minute journey to the beach OR MTR Choi Hung Station Exit C2, then take the minibus route 1A. MTR Hang Hau Station, then take the minibus route 101M.

Sai Kung you can either take MTR to Diamond Hill Station (about HK$7/8), then bus 92 (HK$5.8) to Sai Kung, or MTR to Choi Hung and, from near exit C1, take green minibus 1A (HK$8) to Sai Kung. Bus 92, about every 15 mins, takes about 40 mins, whereas the green minibus operates about every 3 mins and is much faster, taking about 20 mins. They both terminate at Sai Kung Promenade. 

Travel Motto in Hong Kong: "Follow the Signs"



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What to do in Hong Kong



First Day


Welcome to Hong Kong ! Now what?!


We arrived at Hong Kong International Airport in the morning . The country is divided into two parts: the airport is located in the mainland of Hong Kong where it's connected to a smaller island. It is linked by a bridge and a underwater subway and that island is redundantly called Hong Kong Island, this is also the place where are Hostel is situated. Once we arrived in the airport I've noticed all the signs were properly placed for everyone to follow, this is not just in the airport but also in the MTR  stations. Read the signs, follow it and you will never get lost in HK. That's why I'll always be pointing out my HK motto in all my post. Inside the airport we followed the signs leading to the Bus Interchange, on the way you'll passed by the Train ticket station where you'll purchase your octopus card- this is a must-have! This is quite important for your transportation all around Hong Kong.


MTR means Mass Transport Railway which is Hong Kong's rapid train service.

Adult Octopus Card for MTR ride around the city: HKD150 / S$25 / $20 (Inclusive of refundable HKD 50 load)

There's also an Airport Express train, the first train leaves at 5:54 Am. It cost more so better yet take the bus, you're on a holiday you've got all the time you need. At the bus interchange, we took Bus # A21 that goes to Tsim Sha Tsui . The bus station is located just outside the airport. If you have a midnight flight then you can take the night bus N21 to TST at the same location. I'm pointing out this bus service because majority of all the cheap hostels are around this area too. 

I've done my research, asked a lot of my friends whose been to HK and most of them advised me to book our accommodation at the Chunking Mansions. This place is not really hundred percent safe, clean and friendly, and that would even be your first impression when you get there but it's really not that bad. The ground floor holds a variety of shops managed by Indians, Arabs and more. However its really not that bad when you get to your room whichever floor it is. Make sure to read tripadvisor and  travel forums about your hostel. We landed in a very clean room, with everyday housekeeping and new towels. The management even gave us the family room but we only stayed for a night. Don't stay higher that fifth floor because the elevator there is a torture. I requested for the room I've booked and the precise floor that was stated in my booking. It was a smaller room but the accessibility to get to the elevator fast had bigger chances. This place is great for backpackers whose looking for a budget friendly accommodation. I saw different nationalities booked their rooms in Chunking Mansion, you are not alone even the people who can surely afford a hotel stays in this place. Join the craze and just have fun with it. Thinking too much on a holiday is not good for you and your companions. 




Where to stay in Hong Kong
Check in: Shanghai Hostel, Chunking Mansion (5 mins. away from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR, Exit N1)
Accommodation: 4 Nights 5 Days HKD2300 /S$350 /$300

We arrive at the hostel an hour before lunch time. There are two ways to get to the TST station in our place. One was across the street in front of the hostel and the next one is just around the corner nearby 7"11. We noticed this second option after 2 days roaming around the area. On our first day we crossed the street outside of the hostel, passed by different kinds of shop and found another train station East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. We came to a stop in Fairfood for lunch. Food prices ranges below HKD 250-125 / S$20. It was a few steps away from East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. 

Lantau Island




The first thing on our list for the day was to visit Lantau Island. 

How to get there: Lantau Island
Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal is 2-minute walk from Exit B of MTR's Tung Chung Station.
We took the green line MTR and change to the yellow line station. From Tung Chung MTR exit, proceed outside, walk pass the mall and look for the bus terminal. Unfortunately, the cable car going to the island was under construction. So we took the longer path by New Lantau Bus Line 23 which took around 45 minutes to an hour to get to the island. Still it was a pleasant ride because we got to see the mountains up close and the body of water surrounding the island. Bus Fare: HKD 17- HKD 30 

The renovation should be done by now so if you're planning to take the cable car then here are some information about it. Ngong Ping 360 is a 5.7 km cable car ride which stretches from Tung Chung  to Ngong Ping Plateau. The 25-minute cable car ride features great views of Lantau Island, the Giant Buddah, Hong Kong International Airport and Ngong Ping Village. Tickets: Ngong Ping 360, adult/child HKD 60-150 Round trip journey

You don't need to book any tour going to Lantau Island, its better to just wander around and see the different side of Hong Kong. We went to the gigantic Buddha named Tian Tan Buddha where in you have to take 256 steps in order to reach the top. The sight above was pretty nice, you can see the mountains and it makes you feel closer to the higher being above. I guess this is one of the reasons why monasteries and temples were built on mountains. Afterwards we went sightseeing in the Po Lin Monastery, Fisherman's wharf , window shop in the fancy market place and had an ice cream at their European inspired garden park. 

We took the bus again back to the MTR station. Try to leave the island before 5 pm, the place is jam-packed with tourist and the queue gets really crazy. After spending the whole day in Lantau Island we went for a relaxing late afternoon stroll in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Sightseeing Victoria Harbor and Avenue of Stars


Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station Exit J and follow the signs.
Watch Symphony of Lights in Victoria Harbor. It holds the Guinness World Records as the world's largest permanent light and sound show.

We were planning to go to Disneyland the next day. There are Two options to purchase the tickets: 
1. Along Avenue of the Stars there's a stall where you can by the ticket and get a free gift. Buy them before 10 pm. 
2. Or buy discounted ticket in the hostel. I chose option two. Normally the ticket is around HKD 450 in our hostel they sell  it a bit cheaper for  HKD 420.


It was still early to get back to the hostel so we drop by the Night Market in Temple Street. Nearest MTR: Jordan or Yau Ma Tei. We choose Jordan MTR , there the market is just 3 blocks away from Temple Street. 


Second Day



Hong Kong Disneyland Where Dreams Come True where

Disneyland is a place where you can be who you want to be. Once you're inside the gate of this fantasy land you can wear anything you want and people will not judge you. You can wear the biggest mickey mouse ears and it will absolutely look normal. I've been dreaming of this place since I was young. The feeling of being able to go to this magical place still strikes me. I admit I'm still a child at heart, always will and forever will. I hope my husband doesn't mind. Ahahaa

When we had the chance to be in Hong Kong for a few days, we never hesitated to allot a whole day of fun in Disneyland. It was passed 9 in the morning  when we leave the hostel. Our tickets were bought ahead of time, a stress free vibe was established right away. 

How to get there: 
Take Tung Chung MTR line transfer to Sunny Bay Station, then onward to Disneyland Resort Line or take note for bus No. R11, R22, R33, R42, R33, R42 

Disneyland Entrance Fee: HKD 450/ $75 (In our hostel they sell it for HKD 420)
Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 (weekends); 10:30 to 20:00 (weekdays)

Budget for 2 persons: HKD 1,300/ $150/ S$190

Have your breakfast before heading to Disneyland, all the prices are way over the top inside the vicinity. The souvenir shops has reasonable prices, make sure to buy at least one keychain. My mum bought the signature disneyland logo figurine for her display cabinet. We managed to get on all the rides we loved in the park. 

Fantasyland

Our first ride was inside The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, a cute place to see the whole gang: Tiger, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit,  Kanga and Roo, Owl and of course Christopher Robin. We buckled up in an oversized Hunny Pot as we explore Hundred Acre Wood as is it tells stories of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. A storybook ride filled with music, lively characters and the adventures of a happy go lucky yet wise bear of all time. I remembered how I find this TV series boring back then, however i would still watch it everyday. I grew fond of its simplicity and carefree vibe. Winnie the Pooh was a book created by A. A. Milne in 1926.

Just in front of the Winnie the Pooh attraction is Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride. A joyful ride on Dumbo's back as it flies up and down while slowly spinning on air. I don't exactly remembered Disney’s 1941 animated classic movie. I know that it tells about Dumbo a special elephant who was born with large ears. He embrace his uniqueness and eventually learned to fly and soar the sky.

Meet and greet Disney Characters in Fantasy Gardens and picture taking with Mickey Mouse and the Gang too.The park that time had a masquerade themed and all the characters were dressed handsomely in each gazebo. The characters present were the all-time classic Disney characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Pluto,i  think i saw Donald Duck drop by too. There are photographers willing to take your pictures,as for me I just hand-in my camera because I'm not planning to any snap photos .Print-out pictures of you and the gang can be purchased at the nearby kiosk. 

Mad Hatter Tea Cups is one of my favorites! It looked pretty lame because you'll be seated in an oversized teacup, everything is bigger in Disneyland and it's absolutely, ridiculously cool as ever. I like things bigger now. Well I thought it's was just going to be a smooth ride, I was wrong. The teacups will be spinning just like stirring a spoon or being inside a washing machine, plus the circus songs and the blinding lights will make you feel really dizzy. A wheel is placed in the middle of teacups so the more you turn it around, same goes for your ride. I was driving the wheel like crazy, my mum and I laughed like lunatics. 


We went for a 3d movie at Mickey’s PhilharMagic, the featured film was about Donald Duck transported in different Disney Movies. Memorable songs played like “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast, “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” from The Lion King, “You Can Fly” from Peter Pan,“A Whole New World” from Aladdin and  “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. The last two are my all-time favorite Disney Princess Movies. I've watched both this movies countless times, most especially The Little Mermaid. I've remembered when I was young I used to join those drawing contest, how I repeatedly drew Ariel sitting in a stone with splashes of waters at her side. I've always won , then one time I was advised to draw something different like the rainforest, that ended my journey to make it to the top. So for kids out there continue doing the same drawing that you like no matter what they say, change at your pace.


It's a Small World musical boat tour about world peace, different cultures and traditions from The North Pole, Europe, The Middle East, Africa,America, Asia and The Pacific Islands. The singing and dancing melt my heart as they sang songs of friendship, love, unity and hope. There are plenty of surprise appearances from Disney's and Pixar's characters during the  boat tour too. It makes you see the world through a child's eye, you will surely come out as different person after the ride. Check out: Disneyland's Railroad, Snow White Grotto, Cinderella's Carousel and Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Adventureland:

Afterwards went for the Raft to Tarzan's Treehouse , where it took us to small nearby island that has this gigantic treehouse known as Tarzan's Treehouse. I've always love Tarzan's Movie, it's about a boy who was brought up by a family of Bears and grew up as a protector of the jungle. The movie's soundtrack entitled "You'll be in my heart" by Phil Collins still stirs me up whenever I hear its melody. Make sure to watch the Festival of The Lion King  show time is around 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM. A spectacular showing featuring the cast from the movie The Lion King, specifically the lovebirds Simba and Nala together with the funniest best friends Timon and Pumba.

Check out the Jungle River Cruise and Liki Tiki's around Adventureland too. Other attractions: Grizzly Gulch, Main Street, U.S.A. , Mystic Point, Tomorrowland and Toy Story Land. 

We went to Main Street, U.S.A. to have our lunch and prepare for the 3 pm Disney ParadeFood is not allowed inside. Pricey Lunch around HKD 450 / $75  however, the restaurant is a perfect spot to watch the Disney Parade. 


My favorite part was the Fireworks Display, make sure to be seated in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle before 7pm. A lot of people are anticipating this night finale and you want to grab the best seat in front. Remember the iconic disney movie introduction with the castle lighted up with fireworks? this is that moment. The opening part of all those disney movies I've seen was brought to life on that very night. The castle lighted in different colors and splash of lights filled the sky. Disney songs movies filled the air giving a surreal feeling of nostalgia. Everyone didn't take their eyes off from the fireworks display, no babies cried and even the cameras stayed still as it captures the magical moment. It lasted for 30 minutes yet it didn't seemed that long, everyone wants to see more of it. However the fireworks display is subject to change due to weather condition, compared to the parade they have a short and wet parade alternative if it rains.


Late night dinner near Mong Kok Station. In Argyle Bazaar Mall we went to the basement hall and had our dinner in Cafe de Coral. Dinner: HKD125 / S$20 plus with free wifi.




Third Day


Hong Kong to Macau


I've never been to China before yet I can imagine myself backpacking in that foreign land. When I knew that a part of China can be reached by boat in Hong Kong I made sure we get there. I fancied the countryside but that's way too far from our side so I decided that we visit the Casino capital of Asia. Macau is one of the Special Administrative Regions of People's Republic of China, aside from Hong Kong. This part of China is booming with flying colors, casino's mushroomed like daisies and people throws money like trash.  


How to get there via Hong Kong:

China Ferry Terminal is located in Tsim Sha Tsui. Walk through Harbour City Mall until you reach the end or take a taxi to 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Don't hesitate to ask for directions.

Ferry to Macau Price range: HKD 132 to HKD 172 
Ferry Runs From TST: Every thirty minutes from 07:00 until 24:00

We took Roundtrip Turbojet tickets Hong Kong to Macau: HKD 145
Macau to Hong Kong: HKD 185
Travel time: 1 hour (depends on the weather condition)

In Macau ferry terminal you have an option to buy Oceanpark tickets . We we're planning to go the next day so it was a perfect opportunity to get discounted tickets. More cheaper, no taxes added. Ticket price: HKD 260

We meet a lady who introduced herself as a tour guide. She knows Macau at the back of her hand, the bus numbers, street alleys and all the tourist attractions. Agent fee: HKD 100 (good for 2 pax)

She knew the place so well that we were able to get a free Lunch at Olympus Hotel. They asked us to register in the casino and that's how we got the free meal at Oceanus Hotel. I advised you to roam Macau on your own, getting lost is part of the fun, i forgot about that for a second when I said yes to a tour guide. Anyways its has its pro's and con's. Let's focused on the bright side. 

Outside the ferry terminal there are plenty of free shuttle bus to different hotel locations. We took the bus to Sands Hotel and again register for a free membership. I'm not quite sure what am going to do with all my hotel membership cards but I guess its a good souvenir. In Macau Sands Hotel just outside the hotel across the street we visited Macau's Fisherman's Wharf. This is Macau's first theme park located at Freguesia da Sé in Macau Peninsula, near the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier. Make sure to check out this place, it's like roaming around Rome in Asia. (One day I'll go to Rome and see my imaginations come to life).

Estimated bus fare: MOP 3.20 - MOP 4.50
Across the street away from the Fishermans' Wharf we took Bus 28A to A-Ma Temple one of the oldest and most famous Taoist temples in Macau. Always check the bus route before hopping inside the bus. Another Nearby Attraction: Maritime Museum

Afterwards just outside the temple we took another to bus # 21 to Macau Tower


We went to the nearby bus stop outside Macau tower and head straight to Senado Square or Largo do Senado in Portugese. According to my research. Take bus 2, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8A, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 19, 21A, 26A, 33 and stop at Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro (San Ma Lo)Most of the streets and landmarks are labeled in Portugese in Macau. This is the place where everybody ends up after a long day , 2005 UNESCO's World Heritage that simply transports you to the Portuguese colonization era. People gather here for the attraction, food and shopping. It's a crowded place to be on a weekend but that's what makes it a more interesting place to be. Different nationalities all over the world visits Senado Square to experience its diversity. 


Nearby Attractions: Monte Fortress and Macau Museum adjacent to the Church Ruins. 


Walk around and don't worry you'll never miss the Ruins of St. Pauls Church around the area. A few metres away from the church check out the famous eatery selling Portuguese Egg Tarts too, it's located on one of those uphill roads . The egg tart was moist and sweet adding the feeling of wanderlust into it which makes it more special. Try out different delicacies in each shop and don't worry they won't mind, just make sure to say thank you with your biggest smile. Free taste provided in each store. 


Before heading out of Senado Square we did my favorite part of the trip. Food trip! We had the famous Milk Tea and a bowl of Meat and Vegetable with curry chinese sauce. 

Casino Sightseeing begins! 


Walked away from Senado Square to nearby casinos. The nearest one is Grand Lisboa Hotel / Lisboa Hotel. Crossed several streets to watch fountain light display outside Wynn Hotel for a few minutes. 


Then another amazing nature themed display named Tree of Prosperity in Wynn Macau was shown. This fountain show is amazing, it's not just about lights and sounds. This gigantic globe opens up then a majestic tree slowly rises as the ceiling changes. Its ironic how they render the message about the environment whilst outside the establishment is the booming casino industry.  Across Wynn Hotel, took free shuttle bus in Star World Hotel to Galaxy Macau Hotel. Watched another Fountain Show in Galaxy Macau. 


A dance performance welcomed us as we went in Fortune Diamond (Galaxy Macau). Mimicking a graceful peacock dance with blasting colors in the background. This fountain display was quite surprising too, it started with a simple unison of water and light then came out this enormous diamond. It was a sophisticated display due to the big diamond appearance mix it up with a grand dance introduction. Each casino really has their own surprises. Talking about surprises one dancer gave my mum a voucher, the customer service then gave her this long necked glass with the peacock symbol of the hotel. She was happy about it for her display cabinet. 



After the grand display in Galaxy Macau we went out to take the free shuttle bus going to the Venetian Macao. The last Casino sightseeing on our list. This hotel was grand, elegant and totally blind blowing, for someone like me who stays in backpackers hostel once in a blue in a 5 star hotel,  this was like a palace. Everything was painted in gold, intricate carvings, high ceiling with religious drawings , enormous lobby's with extravagant stairs and big pillars. It's the finest luxury casino hotel in Macau or maybe even in Asia according to some critics. My favorite is at the Venetian casino's shopping mall where you'll see a Paris themed Gondola section, where a gondola sails on a fake canal under a fake blue sky. I guess this is where Singapore's Marina Bay Sand Shoppes Gondola themed attraction got the idea too.

Afterwards we went straight to a connecting bridge to Sands Hotel for our free dinner. 
Late night departure to Hong Kong, back before 12 midnight. 



Fourth Day



Ocean Park


I've never intended to go to Ocean Park, then my roommate persuade me that it's one of Hong Kong's must see attractions. My mum mentioned how she'd love to see the dolphin show too , so we went and I'm actually glad we did. 


Address: Near Wong Chuk Hang in the Southern District on Hong Kong Island.

How to get there:
Take Admiralty MTR, go to the nearby Bus Interchange and take Bus 629 to Ocean Park.

Or according to my research: take note of bus No. 72, 72A, 92, 96, 592, 6A, 6X, 70, 75, 90, 97, 260, 38, 42, 77, 99, 171, 671, 107, 170. 

Admission: HKD 345 (Adult); HKD 175 (Children from 3-11 years old) subject to change
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 19:30


We bought ahead of time for our Ocean Park tickets when we went to Macau (Check it out: Macau Experience), just inside the Macau ferry terminal where it's more cheaper due to no taxes added. Ticket price: $260.  Ocean Park tickets (2 pax) HKD 520 / S$95 /$85


Two major attractions in the park: 

The Waterfront
Check out: Amazing Asian Animals, Aqua City, Waterfront Cable Car Station, Ocean Express Waterfront Station and Whiskers Harbour

The Summit
Check out: Summit Cable Car Station, Ocean Express Summit Station, Marine World,Polar Adventure


We took the Cable Car Station  to Thrill Mountain to watch the dolphin show and for the extreme rides.



First stop is in the Marine World - Ocean Theatre for the Dolphin Show.

Then we had our lunch after a series of mishaps in the circus-like carnival section. I wanted to get the watermelon stuffed toy and so I wasted HKD 50 to get it. Unfortunately, it was not a lucky time for me to play. Anyways food is not allowed inside the park unless your good in hiding things. Burger Meal Lunch: HKD 125 / S$20

The Summit has a lot to offer especially for the brave hearts and thrill seekers. My favorite ride of all time is The Flash. Spinning at 360 degrees with a top speed of 60 km/h plus with rotating seats. The flash was insanely a wild ride that literally takes your breath away. I saw my legs effortlessly dangle from side to side while my hair flew like I was in space. My mum joined the craze as our screams turn to laughter as the ride keep on spinning and turning. It was really that wild that I had to stop screaming to breath for a few seconds and shout again. This is quite different from the usual roller coaster , you don't see tracks or a person in front of you instead you see the sky, your feet, your hair, nothing and the awesome birds eye-view in spinning angles. 

Another wild ride is the Hair Raiser suspended high above the ground with a great view of the South China Sea. The Hair Raiser is a floorless, roller coaster ride that you don't want to miss when you're in Ocean Park. I also loved The Abyss Turbo Drop, a ride that takes you slowly up a tall tower,stops abruptly and with great force suddenly drops (without hitting the ground of course) leaving you happily breathless.


Try to make the most of your time and do the extreme rides first, then afterwards you can settle down and see the rest of the grounded attractions. We were in the park during the weekend, just try to imagine the crowd and I don't even want to talk about the queue for each rides. Patience and lots of enthusiasm is needed to avoid being irritable while waiting in line. If I had a choice, I would prefer to visit the park on a week day.
Going back to my Ocean Park experience , after we did most of the rides from Thrill Mountain we we went back to the main island by Ocean Express Summit Station and ended the trip at The Waterfront to see my favorite animal. The most adorable stuff toy like animal is in the Giant Panda Adventure at the Amazing Asian Animals section.


Ocean Park closes up early than I expected, by 7:30 in the evening we were out from the gates and went back to our hostel. Tired and famished by the end of our trip we decided to have our dinner at Delicious Kitchen just nearby our hostel around Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. Dinner: HKD125 / S$20


Fifth Day 

Shopping in Hong Kong




Hong Kong Finale

Hong Kong is a great place to try chinese and western fusion dishes, at the same time you can drop by in different bazaars to do some shopping. It's really not that cheap compared to Bangkok but if you know where to go then you're all set for a shopping spree. Besides we've already visited all the major attractions of Hong Kong like Lantau Island, Disneyland and Ocean Park, it was time to do some serious shopping. I'm really not into this stuff, as I always say yet I still end up buying stuff for myself and most especially for my family and friends. I've always love the feeling of buying things for other people. I always travel light so I always have space for a few souvenirs. 


We started the day by having Brunch at Guangdong Barbecue Restaurant nearby East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. First stop was in Jordan Station where we started our window shopping, I was able to buy a sneakers along the way. 

The real deal was in our Second stop in Mong Kok station where Sports Apparel floods the whole area. Two word for this place it's a "Athlete's Haven". Everywhere you see were all branded sports outlet selling clothes, shoes, bag and sports accessories. You can drop by Argyle Bazaar Mall for Ladies fashion. 


For branded clothing check out Langham Place for an air-conditioned shopping comfort. Take E2 exit and walk along Nathan Road towards Shan Tung Street. Better wear comfortable shoes and breathable clothing, wearing a jacket is a big no no. Drink lots of water and put on sunscreen if you're getting yourself exposed to a lot of sun. 

Another place for shopping is in our Third Stop at Causeway Station. Luxury brands fills the mall in this vicinity and can eat up all your dollars if you're a label freak. It was too much for me so If you're like me I went looking for a friendly bazaar around the area. We found one at Jardine's Crescent, take Exit E from the MTR. 

If you like shopping at night then check out the Night Market in Temple Street. Nearest MTR is Jordan or Yau Ma Tei. We choose Jordan MTR, the market is just 3 blocks away from the station to Temple Street.

We had to stop buy for Snacks at Hui Lau Chan after a tiring day of walking around the city. The refreshing taste of a cold drink, mixed with fruits and sweets was enough to get me back on the road again. I've never had a cold dessert with dumplings before, what an unusual pair for an afternoon delight. 

Must-try foods:

Dimsum, Dumpling, Noodles, Ice Deserts and Milk Tea. Never leave this country without trying out their specialties.


We went back to Tsim Tsai Tsui for a late night dinner at Hokkaido Rice Pizza in ISquare. The mall is right across the street from our hostel in Chunking Mansion. This is not your ordinary pizza with the dough, toppings and stuffed crust cheese filling. The base is made of rice shaped like a pizza dough and add in some fresh tomatoes and seeweed strips. It was something different and fresh. 

Last Day



The next day was our last day in Hong Kong and my mum had an early flight schedule. I was left alone to wander around the airport. I was planning to check out Shek O Beach. According to my research I just need to take Bus #9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR station and get off at the last stop. Travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes. However, I had no more cash and its time consuming as stated by this kind tourist adviser, so I decided to hang around in the airport.

I said goodbye to noodles and dumplings.
Breakfast at Popeyes: HKD 40 and Lunch at Mcdonalds: HKD 40 

I bought a windbreaker jacket at Terminal 2 for my future trekking activities. Guess what, I've even had time to Watch a Movie in their Airport Cinema. How cool is that?! It's my first time to watch a movie inside the airport so it was something different for me. All smiles as I watched the movie the Maze Runner. 


Reminders: Be sure to check in ahead of time. I didn't expect the boarding gates in Hong Kong Airport would reach from 1-500 +. After passing immigration a train will take you to the boarding gate, choose from 1-530 gates. My gate number was 503, good luck with that. I followed a series of signs that led me to a long escalator and to gate 501 onward. A bus then waits at the exit point which sends you off to your specific gate . After series of walking and transferring I've finally reached gate 503 for my flight with Tigerairways. Make sure to check the flight board or the information counter for your gate number. 

Lastly, I will end this post saying that the first and last thing I've learned when travelling in Hongkong is "Always Follow the Signs." Those direction were put up for a reason so lets make the most of it, and avoid getting lost in the country. Have fun and be safe ^__^



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Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).


Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, home of the Pho noodles ( traditional Vietnamese noodle soup) and rice paper spring rolls.

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